Prepare a notice of intent

Your notice of intent must have all the information that NT Fisheries will need to decide whether or not to grant you a licence.

You should talk to NT Fisheries before starting your notice of intent to make sure you have all the information you need by calling the senior licensing officer on (08) 8999 2370.

How to prepare the notice of intent

To prepare your notice of intent for a commercial aquaculture licence you will need to include the following information:

Details about the people involved

Provide the details of the people involved in putting your notice together.

This must include:

  • applicant - your full name
  • consultant - including all of their details, if they are submitting the notice of intent on your behalf 
  • owner of the site - if you do not own the site, give full details of the owner and attach written proof they have approved your venture.

Include full contact information including your postal address, phone and fax numbers, and an email address.

Operator skills

Describe in detail the skills and knowledge you will be using in your venture.

This can be business as well as technical skills. You should include details of academic qualifications, practical skills and experience. You should Include the skills and qualifications of your employees and consultants.

The site

Describe your site and the area around it. Include a detailed map of the site boundaries, and aerial photographs and topographic maps if available.

Describe the previous land use. 

You should cover geology, hydrology, land unit description, water resources, flora and fauna, and coastal and marine environments in and around the site.

Include a brief description of heritage, conservation, social, cultural, and economic values and features. 

You will need to discuss endangered species, feral animals, weed species and other environmental issues if they are relevant.

Proposed operations

You must describe how you will run your operation. The more information you provide, the easier it will be for NT Fisheries to assess your application.

Farming process 

 Describe how your operation will work, including procedures for all of the following:

  • the hatchery and nursery
  • grow-out, harvesting, and processing
  • acquiring livestock, including broodstock 
  • all of the species you intend to use and how you will source them.

Farm layout and design

Show in detail where ponds, cages, water reticulation systems and buildings are. Show the function of each one.

Aquaculture ponds and water-handling systems can create breeding sites for mosquitoes. They should be designed to stop this.

Timeline and staging

Set out the proposed stages of your development, including timing of each stage, and a commissioning schedule. 

Effects of the development 

Briefly describe the local and regional benefits of your proposal. 

Describe how your development may impact the environment, including any risks and what you will do to address these. 

You must discuss all of the following:

  • waste management and pollution control, on and off site
  • monitoring and control of mosquitoes
  • your approach to risk management, environmental commitments, safeguards and monitoring. 

The information in this section will be used by the NT Environment Protection Authority when it assesses your application.

Disease and genetic material

Describe how you will deal with biological security.

Provide this information for each stage of production, for example, broodstock, hatchery, nursery, grow-out, harvest and processing.

Decommission and rehabilitation plan

Describe how you will shut down the site if the operations ceases.

Aboriginal sacred sites

You must show that your proposal will not damage any Aboriginal sacred sites. 

The best way to do this is to get a certificate for the site from the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority.

Make sure the certificate can be related to your site plan.

Notice of intent form and checklist

Download a copy of the notice of intent form and checklist DOCX (58.1 KB).

How to submit your notice of intent

You can send your notice of intent with supporting documents, plans and other permits to Fisheries Licensing by email, mail or in person:


Fisheries Licensing
Department of Primary Industry and Resources
GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801


Fisheries Licensing
Goff Letts Building 
Berrimah Farm
Makagon Road
Berrimah NT 0828 


You can contact the senior licensing officer by calling (08) 8999 2370 for assistance with your application.

Last updated: 07 February 2020

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